FIU Honors Bridge Collapse Victims on 1st Anniversary

The collapse crushed cars below the bridge on Southwest 8th Street and killed six people

Florida International University held a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the collapse of a pedestrian bridge that killed six people.

The ceremony honoring the victims was held at 1:47 p.m. Friday. The moment of silence was led by Deacon Ralph Gazitua, and bells rang six times for each of the victims.

Meanwhile, the family of 18-year-old Alexa Duran, an FIU freshman killed in the collapse, will hold a memorial vigil at the site of the collapse Friday afternoon.

The 174-foot-long bridge, scheduled to open to the public in early 2019, crossed Southwest 8th Street near 109th Avenue and was built to allow students living across the busy roadway to cross safely. The collapse crushed cars below the bridge on Southwest 8th Street.

The construction company that built the bridge has filed for bankruptcy. Magnum Construction Management LLC — also known as MCM — is being sued for wrongful death.

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